"Yeah, I'm always groovin' man! If I move, more customers may come!"
―Tom talking to Ryo. — Listen (file info)[src]

Tom Johnson (トム・ジョンソン Tomu Jonson) is the owner of Tom's Hot Dogs. He dances, hoping that it will attract more customers.


He is an American from New York who, after hitchhiking around the world, decided to remain living in Japan. As such, his Japanese speech is a little broken.

Tom also has a girlfriend, Honey Jackson, who is also from America and helps him out at the hot dog stand. Her Japanese is better than Tom's, so she helps Tom by improving his speech.


Tom dancing.

He runs a hot dog stand which can usually be found in Dobuita, but sometimes he sells them at the New Yokosuka Harbor District. Tom and Ryo Hazuki have been friends for a while so he is always willing to try and help him.

After Ryo is fired at the harbor job, he sees Tom during lunch where he's serving hot dogs at the harbor and he teaches Ryo the Tornado Kick. However, as Ryo is getting ready to leave Japan, Tom reveals that he is going back home to America.

Shenmue II

Although Tom does not appear in Shenmue II, Ryo has the option to tell Shenhua Ling about him during the campfire discussion.

Shenmue III

In Shenmue III in the second part of the game at the hotel you stay at, you can use the telephone to call Tom in America and he and Ryo will catch up. Also in Shenhua's House in the first part at Bailu Village, Ryo can ask Shenhua if she has any friends and she will mention Ryo's friends that he told her about in Shenmue II and he will be surprised that she remembers all of them (although she doesn't mention Guizhang Chen).


  • Tom's zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he has a B blood type.
  • Originally, Tom's t-shirt design was a skeleton dressed as Uncle Sam as seen in What's Shenmue?. However, this was changed to the "Tom's Hot Dogs" logo in the final version of the game.
  • In the Shenmue I & II re-release, the clown logo on Tom's hot dog truck's hair color was changed from yellow to green. A little bit of green hair was also added to the top of its head, and it bears a slight resemblance to Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons. It is unknown why this change was made, but the original logo possibly could have been a licensed photo that Sega no longer has the rights to, as this was the reason why many other photos were altered in the game.
  • Tom appears as a character in the mobile game SEGA Heroes.



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